KEY POINTS
  • The Pentagon said it is coordinating with U.S. defense titans to expedite the shipping of pending Israeli weapon orders.
  • A senior Defense official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity per rules established by the Pentagon, said military cargo planes carrying security assistance have already departed U.S. soil en route to the region.
  • Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on Sunday ordered the movement of U.S. firepower closer to the region in order to project force and bolster Israeli security assistance.
Israeli soldiers pictured on a tank at the Israel-Gaza border.

WASHINGTON The Pentagon said Monday it is coordinating with U.S. defense titans to expedite the shipping of pending Israeli weapon orders as violence in the region escalates following a horrific weekend terror attack carried out by Hamas.

"I am not going to get into specifics on this call, but the bottom line is we are working as fast as possible to provide critically needed munitions of various types and other equipment," a senior Defense official said.